Reducing maintenance staffing doesn't necessarily indicate that there will be an increase in maintenance issues.
I have to disagree here, I don't know of any US Airline, POST 9-11 that has extra A&P's on the payroll. As a matter of fact, I will bet that most A&Ps, are doing more, with less, than ever before. You take 80 guys off the line, and something that was getting done before, is not going to get done. Do I think that routine maintenance is going to suffer? No. What normally happens when you are short of people, is that Deferred items (MEL
, DMI's) are going to take longer to troubleshoot, and longer to clear. They start to pile up. Its extra work for the fight crew, and we all know what can happen then. It does affect safety.
Ask your self this question, Are you going spend time looking into a autopilot problem, that has 3 more days before it drops dead, when you have a check that has to be done by 7 AM
so the aircraft can depart?
Before they took away 80 guys, maybe you had the people to do both.
Understand where I am coming from?
[Edited 2004-07-11 02:16:02]